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Secrets From the Trade: How General Contractors Can Improve Safety and Field Productivity [ebook]

It’s no surprise that most General Contractors (GCs) spend a lot of time trying to set their teams up to be more productive. With challenges like owner-driven changes to plans, schedule slippage, unforeseen site conditions, unexpected weather anomaliesGCs have a lot on their plate to think about to successfully deliver projects on time to their customers. All of these challenges impact every stakeholder on a project, but the GC is the gatekeeper that drives the project forward. This means the responsibility often falls on their shoulders when things go awry.

For contractors in the US, this is ringing true more than ever with a recent ruling by the US Court of Appeals stating, “OSHA can cite GCs who fail to control hazardous conditions at multi-employer worksites, even if those conditions do not directly affect their own employees.” If this ruling holds up, it means GCs need to be ever more vigilant when managing their subcontractors unless they want to potentially face additional OSHA violations written against their safety records.

In the eyes of the law, a GC now holds ultimate responsibility for creating a safe work environment for their employees in addition to the employees of any company they are subcontracting. Previous to this ruling, a subcontractor was responsible for the safety of their own employees, and their violations did not bubble up to the GC that was managing the project.

Technology Boosts Productivity for General Contractors

Fortunately, technology can give GCs the tools to better manage their work and keep a jobsite safe. Modern digital tools like construction productivity software can help avoid mistakes and increase building efficiency at scale. To learn more about how digital tools can help GCs, download our ebook titled, “The Secret to Boosting Productivity for General Contractors.”

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In our ebook, GCs will learn that when they embrace the right digital tools they will see a productivity boost that impacts:

  • Meeting project schedules and deadlines
  • Collaborating with subcontractors and owners
  • Managing construction plans, documents and versions
  • Preventing costly errors and rework
  • Completing effective project closeouts
  • Attracting talent as the workforce ages
  • Scaling as their organization grows

Most General Contractors Are Evaluating Technology

In a recent study, 74% of contractors expect to adopt advanced construction technology in three years. The survey defined “advanced” to include drones, equipment tagging, wearables, RFID tagging (used to track inventory, equipment and tools), augmented or virtual reality, reality capture, automated equipment/robotics and 3D printing. It’s clear that most GCs are thinking forward in how they adopt technology. The first step in creating a competitive suite of tech-enabled construction tools is choosing the right software.

Starting with easy-to-use software allows construction teams to become familiar with technology on the jobsite. This familiarity means those that were once averse to technology on the jobsite (which is a common theme in construction) will start seeing the benefit to the more advanced tools that will keep GCs competitive in the modern world.

GCs that are looking to be more productive need to look no further than construction productivity software. These time-saving tools help reduce rework by ensuring everyone is working off the most up-to-date information at all times. Confidence in the project data means collaboration is seamlessdata is transferred easily from the GC to subcontractors, architects and ultimately the project ownersmeaning teams will collaborate better and manage project closeouts more effectively.

If you’re a GC that’s ready to learn more about construction productivity software, then download our ebook titled “The Secret to Boosting Productivity for General Contractors.”

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Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas is a Content Marketing Manager at PlanGrid. He develops PlanGrid’s content strategy and creates assets to educate their customers based on his experience working at Gilbane Building Co. and Truebeck Construction. He has more than six years of marketing experience and a Bachelor's Degree in Scientific and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.

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